Japan - 2600th National Foundation Celebration Commemorative Medal (Boxed)

The medal is an aluminum/bronze alloy. OBVERSE: Imperial Mum crest and the Sacred Double Bridge of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REVERSE: 'Imperial Year 2600, Imperial Celebration Commemorative Medal, Showa 15 [1940].' The ribbon, according to Peterson, 'is light violet with eight 1 mm red lines 2.5 mm apart in the center. The violet represents the great sky, red is for loyalty, and the eight lines symbolize the motto, ''hakkoichiu'' (the eight parts of the world in one universe) referring to the militarists' dream of world domination.' There were more than 200,000 medals struck. The medal was designed by Hata Shokichi, an instructor at Tokyo Fine Arts Academy. Mr. Hata also designed the prestigious Order of Culture (Bunka Kunshou).

€ 30,00
n an effort to bolster national spirit, the 2600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire was celebrated in 1940. The special dating system (now no longer used) was called the Imperial Dating System. The first year was 600 BC, the date assigned to the mythical founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. Celebrations were held around the country. This medal was awarded freely and is fairly common.

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